Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday for the harm caused by a huge breach of users’ data and by a failure to crack down on fake news.
Whether it’s fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people’s information, we didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities,” Mr. Zuckerberg plans to say, according to the prepared remarks. “That was a mistake, and I’m sorry.
On Sunday, European Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani tweeted that it was great news that Mr. Zuckerberg had agreed to a live web broadcast of the session after all. Facebook accepted a livestream after fears that a boycott by European lawmakers would grab even more headlines and detract from the message of the meeting, according to an official within Facebook, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
“The format of the meeting was a farce, not allowing for any back and forth between Zuckerberg and the members of parliament,” Udo Bullmann, chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, said in a statement following the hearing.